When Zelda Siko volunteered to sew quilts at the Three Cities Mandela Rhodes Hotel & Spa Knitathon held in celebration of Mandela Day, she did not imagine that this could lead to ongoing business with the hotel.
Her team from the Thembisa Creative Circle – a Khayelitsha based Non-Profit Organization founded by Siko – made more than 20 quilts from fabric donated on the day and for beneficiary Little Fighters Cancer Trust. Such was the quality of the work that Desmond O’Connor, General Manager of the Three Cities Mandela Rhodes Place Hotel & Spa , recently donated an industrial overlocking machine to take their work to the next level. In addition Siko and her creative team have secured an order from the hotel to supply cushions and covers as part of their refurbishment programme.
Said O’Connor; “It is one of our policies to use local suppliers for the hotel’s needs, we are delighted to have Zelda and her team on board. The professionalism of their work encouraged us to offer them this contract and guests will soon see the results in the new soft furnishings they are making for the hotel”
Siko has had a long career in sewing for a number of organisations. “Being able to provide soft furnishings for the hotel is very exciting and will provide our members with ongoing work, which was the intention when forming the Circle. We are very grateful to Three Cities Mandela Rhodes Place Hotel & Spa for giving us this opportunity.”
The Thembisa Creative Circle focuses on using creativity to empower unemployed women and pensioners within the Khayelitsha area.